Many people who are charged with drunk driving have had little or no interaction with the criminal justice system. Having to appear in court for the first time on a charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be a frightening and intimidating experience. You do have the right and you can fight such charges. With the experienced legal assistance of the Visalia criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Christopher Martens, you can mount a credible defense. The firm offers a free consultation with the attorney, in which you can get invaluable information about the strengths and weaknesses of your case. After an initial evaluation, our attorney can advise you on how best to proceed.
In defending you against drunk driving charges, one of the first things that your attorney at the firm will investigate is if law enforcement had probable cause to stop and arrest you. If the search or arrest was made illegally, then your case may be dismissed. Other factors that can be challenged concern whether the prosecution can prove that you were driving, what the level of intoxication was at the time you were driving, whether chemical testing procedures were done properly, whether chemical testing equipment was accurate and well-maintained, and other considerations. In California, as in all other states, the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration is .08. You can be charged with a DUI for drug-impaired driving as well; any type of drug, whether an illegal street drug such as marijuana, a prescription medicine, or over-the-counter drug may result in an arrest and conviction.
Because of the seriousness of the consequences following a DUI conviction, you will want an experienced attorney handling your case. You may be facing jail time, hefty fines, DUI school, loss of your driver's license, probation, and a future with a permanent criminal record.
Contact the Visalia DUI lawyer at the firm if you have been arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs today.
While many might be unaware of alcohol effects on the human body and its absorption rate over time, most might be shocked to realize that depending upon their body’s rate of absorption and other physical and/or clinical factors, it is highly plausible for an individual to have a blood alcohol content/concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher, several hours since their having their last drink.
If you or someone you know has recently been charged and/or arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in or around Visalia, California, there are various circumstances surrounding your DUI arrest your attorney might choose to challenge depending upon your best interest. After investigating every aspect of your arrest, your California DUI attorney might choose to challenge probable cause, blood alcohol content (BAC) results or perhaps even any of your rights which may have been violated during your arrest and detainment.
Many California DUI defendants forego trial and plead guilty to their charges as a result of their belief in the accuracy and validity of the California DUI breath test result.
Quite often, human error on the part of the medical professional can quickly render any DUI blood test BAC result inaccurate, unreliable and inadmissible as evidence. Improper handling of the sample, collecting or storing the sample in an unsanitary or inadequately sanitized container and perhaps even the allowing of foreign substances to enter into the testing area causing cross-contamination consistently creates issues with the reliability of DUI blood test all throughout California.
Considering the possible implications of Marijuana DUI conviction such as jail time, driving license suspension and a criminal record, it’s prudent to secure a California, Visalia lawyer to attain the best possible defense. A competent and experienced criminal attorney can have charges dropped, work out a plea bargain or even secure a temporary driving license.
It’s a pretty serious offense that can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. The former carries a maximum sentence of one year and a fine -- or both -- if convicted, while the latter carries a max punishment of three years in a state prison.
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